Chadron St. shocks No. 11 Metro St.
Eagles earn first road win against Roadrunners in 27 years
DENVER -- Chadron State rallied from a six-point deficit with under seven minutes left to upset No. 11 Metro State 65-64 on Friday. It was the first win for Chadron State against the Roadrunners in Denver since 1985, and it snapped a 25-game overall losing streak in the series with Metro.
The Roadrunners fell to 18-5 overall and 13-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while CSC improved to 9-13 overall and 9-9 in the RMAC. It is the fourth loss in the past five games for the Roadrunners
Metro State outscored the Eagles 26-13 over the first 11:12 of the second half, overcoming a four-point halftime deficit. But Chris Curtis caught fire in the final seven minutes for Chadron State, scoring five consecutive points to cut the lead to 54-53.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|Chadron State 65, No. 11 Metro State 64|
|St. Cloud St. 64 No. 23 MSU-Mankato 63|
His 3-pointer with 2:39 left put the Eagles up 61-60. He also hit two free throws with 57 seconds left and his fast break dunk put CSC ahead 65-62 with 11.8 to go.
The Roadrunners had opportunities in the final minute. After Curtis' two free throws, Metro State had two shot attempts before Moala Tautuaa corralled the rebound with 18 seconds left. The Roadrunners had Tautuaa wrapped up in a hug for a foul to stop the clock, but no foul was called and he threw to a wide-open Curtis on the other end of the floor for a dunk.
Demetrius Miller was fouled on a 3-point attempt just before the buzzer sounded. The referees put a second back on the clock and Miller made his first two attempts, but missed the third and Curtis grabbed the rebound in the right corner as time expired.
Curtis led all scorers with 24 points off the bench, shooting 9-14, including three 3-pointers. He also had nine rebounds for the Eagles.
Brandon Jefferson led Metro State with 17 points on 6-12 shooting. Jonathan Morse added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Miller had 12. Reggie Evans was held to nine points on 4-14 shooting and Nicholas Kay added seven.
Metro State shot just 35 percent in the first half and allowed the Eagles to hit 52 percent to trail 30-26 at halftime after a 3-pointer by Jefferson at the buzzer. He led all scorers with 11 points in the first half.
For the game, the Roadrunners shot 41 percent, but CSC made 55 percent and outrebounded Metro 32-29.